Veron urges Rooney patience
By Dominique Antognoni
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Juan Sebastian Veron has spoken fondly of Sir Alex Ferguson and Roman Abramovich.Juan Sebastian Veron has spoken fondly of Sir Alex Ferguson and Roman Abramovich but has warned everybody not to get too carried away with Everton's teen sensation Wayne Rooney.
The Argentinian, in an exclusive interview with skysports.com, admits his best game for Chelsea was his debut, against Liverpool, but is not sour about how things turned out in England after big-money moves to Manchester United and the West Londoners.
"After one season, there was nothing good left for me there (at Chelsea), so we decided, on both parts, that it would be better to say goodbye to each other," said Internazionale's new boy.
"Inter asked for me so much. I had other options, even Juventus among them, but I chose Inter because, like me, they need a big challenge.
"I came to Inter before Roberto Mancini's arrival and the two things are not closely related but, anyway, Mancini told me some time ago that he wants me with him in each team he will coach."
Veron started life at Chelsea in fine fettle, but struggled with injuries and, perhaps unfairly, was made a scapegoat in some quarters for the club's UEFA Champions League exit at the hands of Monaco.
"The first one, against Liverpool, at Anfield, when I scored the first goal (was my best game with Chelsea)," he continued.
"Abramovich is amazing. He doesn't come form the football world. He was not a fan when he was a child or a youngster, but now he participates every day in the club's life. When he intends to do something, he does it.
"Who knows (what Chelsea can achieve)? It's not always the richest and the strongest who win. Just take a look at the Greece national team."
The South American midfielder was also asked about his view of England international Rooney, one of the stars of Euro 2004, and his former manager Ferguson.
"When the players are young they are considered like a phenomenon but let's wait a few years," he said of Rooney, understood to be a long-term target of Manchester United.
"I asked this so many times myself (why I was always criticised when playing for United), but I didn't find the answer. Maybe they expected so much from me?
"One word about Ferguson? He is Manchester United.
"He has to continue (at Old Trafford). When you win so much you are respected like nobody else."
Veron was also asked about former team-mate Adrian Mutu, who has seen a return to Serie A collapse, but has struggled at Stamford Bridge after making an immediate impact.
"Why has he failed?" answered the former Lazio star. "The life in London is not like that in Parma."